Match 41
25th March 1989
Stockport County (h)

25th MARCH 1989


Never leave St James Park early was the clear message from City after a battling finish salvaged a point they rarely looked like taking from another poor display.

If City do get a a play-off spot this year they will owe a lot to late goals. Scarborough (1-0), Darlington (2-1), Hartlepool (2-2) and now two goals in the last five minutes giving us a valuable point. Darran Rowbotham was the hero again as he took his goal tally this season to 21 (third in the Fourth Division goalscoring charts at the

CONTINUED time) with two well taken goals. The first came with just a few minutes left, after keeper Nigel Batch brought down Richard Young and Dazza converted easily from the spot. This was the culmination of twenty minutes of promising play from City, and the deafening reaction of the Cowshed showed that they hadn't given the game up for dead. With only two minutes left a cross into the Stockport box wasn't cleared and after an epic goalmouth scramble, Darran slammed the ball high into the net. After much jumping, waving, surging and gesturing the fans eagerly settled down to watch the last few minutes to see if City would score another. It wasn't to be, but most of the crowd must have been relieved to get a point. Poor Stockport keeper Nigel Batch must hate St James Park. He was in goal when City scored twice in the last two minutes in the aforementioned Darlington match. He won't be too keen to return! Stockport had been the most enterprising team for most of the match and had taken the lead after twenty minutes when a beautiful curling shot from Tony Coyle beat Dave Walter. A repeat of the Cambridge match looked on the cards when two minutes later a needlessly given away corner wasn't cleared and Roger Wylde took an easy chance to hook the ball in. They continued to play the better football and had several half chances to finish the game off. Dave Walter made a couple of useful saves... and the rest is history!





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